The case was an important early test of Van Buren’s significance for scraping and other data journalism techniques.
After almost seven years of litigation, the Ninth Circuit vindicated Katy Perry and other co-defendants by affirming that no reasonable jury could have concluded that Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse” infringed Flame’s song “Joyful Noise” based on the similarities of two 8-note “repeating musical figures” that occur throughout both songs.
Amazon, Penguin Random House, and Leading Authors Win $7.8m Judgment Against International Ebook Piracy RingCaesar Kalinowski IV, Liz McNamara, and John Goldmark
The Ukrainian-based operation was able to operate for years by migrating websites and falsifying domain information to continue illegally distributing thousands of ebooks.
Third Circuit: Section 230 Does Not Bar Pennsylvania Statutory Right of Publicity Claim Against FacebookDori Hanswirth, Michael E. Kientzle, and Rachel Carpman
The Third Circuit split with a leading Ninth Circuit opinion holding that internet service providers are immune from all state intellectual property law claims.
This opinion is significant among Eleventh Circuit case law because it discusses in detail the issues of access, substantial similarity, and independent creation despite finding that each issue separately afforded grounds for summary judgment.
SDNY Rakoff, in Nicklen v. Sinclair, effectively followed Breitbart and fulsomely rejected Perfect 10’s “server rule.” And there is more judicial “embed” activity to be expected in the immediate future.
Judge Sammartino denied a motion for summary judgment brought by the plaintiff, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, leaving it to a jury to decide whether ComicMix’s unpublished book – Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go! – infringes the copyrights in Dr. Seuss’ famous children’s books.
District Court of Colorado Adopts Meta-Film’s “Access Through an Intermediary” Test in Copyright CaseDavid Aronoff, Michael Beylkin, and Joshua Bornstein
The decision is the first case in the Tenth Circuit to adopt the “access through an intermediary” test of the highly influential and widely-cited decision Meta-Film Assocs v. MCA.
Talk to the Hand: Michigan Copyright and Trademark Lawsuit Over Similar Hand Gesture Images Clapped BackBrian D. Wassom
This lawsuit vindicates the maxim that “no good deed goes unpunished,” but the outcome provides some encouragement for those using advertising images that are minor variations on common themes.